About The Center

Housed at The Fenway Institute (TFI) of Fenway Health in Boston , the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health develops and supports collaborative research and education programs to understand and improve the health of sexual and gender minorities. The Center was established with a five-year Population Research Infrastructure Program grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) within the National Institutes of Health, awarded to TFI in 2007 (award number R21HD051178).

The Center is marked by a number of “firsts.” The Fenway Institute is the first community-based organization to be awarded a Population Research Infrastructure Program grant by a federal agency and its location in a community-based organization makes it unique among population research centers. It is also the first federally-funded research center to focus specifically on sexual minority population research.

The Center’s goals for the first 5 years are to establish a public access research data archive at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR); build a national pipeline program to train pre- and post-doctoral students in collaboration with the Boston University School of Public Health and other academic centers; support graduate students in LGBT health through a national mentoring program; and provide a dedicated space with effective administrative, communications, and computing resources as a community-based research home for leading scientists in the field of LGBT health. Our three signature areas are behavioral research on the sexual transmission of HIV, research on LGBT families and households, and demographic aspects of LGBT health, morbidity, disability, and mortality.

Contact Information

Contact Title Email Phone
Dr. Judith Bradford Center Director Jbradford@fenwayhealth.org 617-927-6015
Dr. Aimee Van Wagenen Program Manager Avanwagenen@fenwayhealth.org 617-927-6348
Chris Grasso Data Manager Grasso@fenwayhealth.org 617-927-6018

Mailing Address

Center for Population Research in LGBT Health
The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health
1340 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215